#91 department of eagles – in ear park

beginning on a tiptoe, “in ear park” recalls the lightly sprinkled wonders of joanna newsom. but while newsom’s work evokes the faraway and magical, department of eagles remains within the realms of memory and the familiar with equally otherworldly effect. dedicated to daniel rossen’s late father, the album of the same title revisits rossen’s recollections of childhood, loosely situated in the park they used to frequent. with a theme of such personal significance and emotional heaviness, this song chooses romanticized nostalgia over grief, and as such does well to involve the listener in vicariously sharing the memories with much sensitivity and respect, while retaining the private space reserved solely for father and son.

mp3: department of eagles – in ear park

in ear park is out now on 4ad. get your copy at the beggars group store.

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